Master superb Streamer Fishing & get ready for an explosive strike!
Streamers are larger flies that you can fish on an active retrieve. These traditional flies imitate baitfish, crayfish, leeches, and large aquatic insects such as hellgrammites. Streamers are the fly-fishing equivalent of conventional lures – and because the fly can move, strikes can go with a bang.
Your ‘top 3” things to think about with wets & streamers!
- Simply the best way to learn how to fish streamer flies.
Streamers are an awesome way to fish long stretches of water and are the very best flies to employ when you are unsure what the fish are biting, or if you are fishing water you don’t know very well. Streamers are ideal for the fidgety angler or those in a hurry, because you can move the fly a lot and make sure you don’t hang around in the same place very long. And another thing… streamer flies are superb when you’re in the mood for catching large fish. Visit flynguide.com.au for more information.
- For best results, get to know your streamer fly pattern.
A streamer fly pattern is a fly fishing lure created to be vigorously fished just under the water’s surface, within the water column itself. In contrast to dry flies, nymphs, and wet flies – all of which are designed to imitate a range of aquatic insects – streamers are usually tied and used to imitate a range of small, medium, and large sized bait fish. There are numerous species of bait fish, but popular examples include are mullet, anchovy, and bunker in saltwater, or juvenile trout or sculpin in freshwater.
- Why ‘stripping’ is your best friend in fly fishing.
Streamers can be fished in both freshwater and saltwater, simply by casting the fly, letting it sink, then using the stripping hand to retrieve between three and seven inches of fly line with well timed pauses between sequenced strips. This method, simply called ‘stripping”, assists the fisher imitate the behaviour of a genuine bait fish in its usual subsurface habitat. Your timing between each strip, the depth you keep within the water column, and length of stripped fly line are very important elements in the streamer fishing stripping method. Different combinations of these elements can be employed to obtain varying and fishing results subject to water conditions, the species you’re targeting and the kind of bait fish you’re imitating.
Native species flies
Flies for native species such as Bass, Murray cod, Saratoga and Barramundi are all exciting species to fish for, as they all surface strike in a spectacular fashion. They have huge mouths that suck in large volumes of water to attack their prey, in doing so they create a great spectacle for the fly fisherman.
These native flies are a far cry from the traditional flies we use for trout. For surface flies we use a lot of synthetic flashy materials also brightly coloured foam and large rubber legs.
Heavy weighted flies are also tied for bottom fishing mostly using long streamer hackle and flashy synthetics. Hook sizes range from size 6 to 5/0 predator hooks.
Why saltwater flies are an essential for any serious fly fisher.
Saltwater flies are a class act, innovated to imitate a huge range of inshore, offshore and estuarial baitfish, crustaceans and other saltwater prey. You’ll usually notice a pattern that represents a shrimp, crab, baitfish, or a mix of the three. They are superb for sub-surface & surface patterns.
All you need to know about shopping for saltwater flies.
Shopping for saltwater flies can be a really confusing, daunting and tricky task to master for a fly angler, particularly when preparing for a fishing trip. There is such a huge range of flies to select from, plus many of the names are fanciful and hard to browse through.
So it’s no surprise that many fly fishers simply end up purchasing saltwater flies at random, which in all seriousness is not a bad way to do it. Because all it takes is a good varied selection of baitfish flies and top-water “dry” flies, and you’ll be set up to fish in pretty much any lake, pond, river, or stream.
Should you wish to transition your fly fishing skills to saltwater, bear in mind that saltwater fly fishing depends on more than wet flies or streamers – i.e. flies that dive under the water surface – than it does on the dry flies which sit on the surface top.
The must-haves in Saltwater Flies!
The Clouser Minnow is a fly that is regarded as fundamental to a good fish around the world, for any kind of fly fishing. Its value spreads across the saltwater arena, especially in fishing the flats.
A Disco Shrimp fly is the most realistic shrimp imitations of any fly, making it an absolute essential for any saltwater fly fishing expedition. The design causes a scene and fish flock in to investigate.
Avalon Keel Crab
The Avalon Keel Crab fly basically combines the best bits of the Disco Shrimp and the Clouser Minnow, resembling a common type of prey for saltwater species attracting the right attention.
Everglades Special is a special one-of-as-kind fly that can catch a huge variety of game fish species, interestingly without actually looking exactly like any particular kind of food type.
As with the the Clouser Minnow, the Lefty’s Deceiver is a popular wet fly streamer that will definitely be stocked in the vast majority of saltwater fly fishers’ tackle box – and for good reason!